Socioeconomic status and assimilation among Greek Americans

Nicholas P. Petropoulos
1980 Greek Review of Social Research  
The theory that high socioeconomic status is accompanied by assimilation was evaluated, using a sample (N=152) of Greek Americans from Cincinnati, Ohio. Several indicators of socio© conomic status and assimilation were used. Contrary to man> previous studies, the zero-order results were generally not supportive of the status-assimilation thesis. In many instances, especially in the case of «income» tvoes of status, the outcomes went reverse to expec tation. However, there was more support fot
more » ... e status-assimilation thesis among the younger generations. A number of explanations, such as cultural compatibility in regard to mobility values, ingrouj) status validation processes, marginality among second-generation ethnics, the operation of ethclass, and historical changes in the United States, were suggested for the largely negative zero-order out comes. Additional research, inspired by either dialectical conflict theory or exchange theory and using larger samples of ethnic Americans, was recommended to further test these explanations.
doi:10.12681/grsr.264 fatcat:sbl27haaizcotmmldyoxrdf7iq